James Reed

Since childhood, I’ve always had a sweet tooth for junk food. Luckily, my sister and I inherited my dad’s metabolism. My dad was strong, both mentally and physically, and he loved to work out. He was very fit.

My love of junk food and my lack of knowledge of nutrition and cooking slowly started to catch up to me. I never felt like I was overweight by any means, or unhealthy, but I was still not happy with my slowly changing appearance. I knew deep down that my diet and exercise habits were poor and could lead to problems in my future if I didn’t correct them.

My dad passed away a few years ago from a brain tumor. Wanting to resemble my hero, I started exercising at home a few times a week, when possible. I’d run on my treadmill for 30 minutes, but constantly slowing to a steady speed-walk, out of breath. I could only run fast for small spurts of a few minutes at most. I’d do about 25 sit-ups, 25 pushups and lift weights only until tired. I lacked the knowledge and routine structure.

Then, one of my best friends who had gotten in great shape at Boss Fitness in the past suggested we join, so we both scheduled our first appointments. After my first appointment with Taj, I was so sore I could barely steer my way home, and after my second one, I could barely use my legs! But one thing I realized was that I had already broken my own barriers in my first few sessions. I would have never run as fast and as far as I had if it were just up to me. And I learned the proper workout routines and got some good advice on food and nutrition from Taj.

Since then, my motivation, outlook, diet and appearance have changed for the better and I’ve achieved more than I ever imagined. My biggest personal barrier broken was doing 1,000 push-ups in one session. And Taj has given me the confidence to know I’ll be able to beat that number as well, although I’ll surely complain briefly.

But no matter how tough the workout, I’ve learned to trust Taj and give it my best, and I end up surprising myself. I thoroughly enjoy coming to my sessions and the high energy classes full of friendly people at Boss Fitness.

…One last thing: My favorite sticker posted in the building is the one that says “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” by Neale Donald Walsch.

James Reed